Keeping healthy is something that we hear a lot about these days. We hear all about how if we have a healthy lifestyle it means that we will not be unwell so often and so it is important to stick toone. However, we may not know how to be healthy or may feel that it is too difficult to think about this as well as looking after the baby. However, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you are looking after your health without it being too much of a chore.
Go for a walk each day
Exercising with a baby can be difficult and you will need to take it easy anyway and try not to wear yourself out. This is why walking is so good; as it is not too strenuous but still gives you exercise. It is also good for the baby to go outside and see all sorts of different things. It can be a good chance for them to have a sleep or be stimulated by new things and will give you a chance to go into town and buy things that you need or have a relaxing walk somewhere else. Being outside in the mornings is really good for helping us to sleep as well as it sets our body clock properly. Getting out of the house can be important as well as it means that you will be seeing and doing different things and you could even arrange to meet friends, go to baby groups or things where you will be socialising which is important.
Eat lots of vegetables
One easy way to make sure that we are eating healthily is to eat lots of vegetables. Some people are keener than others, but there are so many different types of vegetables there are bound to be some that you like. For example salad vegetables count as well as root vegetables and Mediterranean vegetables. Although greens are very healthy and worth having every day if you can, all other colours of vegetables are important too. Getting your children to eat veggies can be tricky though, but you can try cooking them in lots of different ways such as pizza toppings, soups, stews, in sauces and things like that to see whether there is a way that they will want to eat them. It can take a bit of work but soft veggies like avocado and cucumber and sweet ones like carrots and peas can be good ones to start with.
Avoid too much sugar
It is really hard to avoid eating too much sugar these days. It can be really good if you can bring up your children so that they are not used to sugar and therefore do not like very sweet foods. This means that you avoid biscuits, cakes, puddings, sweets and fruit juices. It will do all the family good if you cannot eat these as they do not add many nutrients to the diet but will add a lot of calories which are easily available for the body to store as fat. It can be tricky to give these up as temptation is everywhere and they not only taste good but give us an energy high. However, we can often drop to an energy low soon after eating them, which means that we feel like eating even more.
Take time to relax
Relaxation is really important for our health. We need to make sure that we do not get too stressed as this can not only make us feel bad but it can make us physically ill. All of us have different things that we find relaxing and it is good to make sure that we can identify what it is that we can do to make us feel the most relaxed. Then we can use this to make sure that we can relax. It could be anything from having a bath to doing some meditation. It does not have to take very long either. It is a good idea though to try to take some time to relax each day if we can. The days when we think that we are too busy to relax, are the days when we probably need to relax the most. Think about when you can fit in a bit of relaxation, even if it is just five minutes before you go to sleep.
Get as much sleep as you can
Getting sleep is so important for our bodies. It can be very hard to get enough at the best of times but when you have a child that wakes through the night, it can be even harder. Try to go to bed earlier so that you give yourself the chance of getting as much sleep as you need and if you have a partner ask them to help out. If they are working and need lots of sleep then ask them to help out at the weekends, perhaps allowing you to sleep in the day so that you can catch up with some much needed rest. Do not feel stressed about getting enough sleep though as you will find it even harder to sleep then. Just give yourself the opportunity to sleep when you can and know that you will be able to catch up once they get older and sleep right through the night.
There are lots of other things that you can do to stay healthy. However, these will give you a basic guide to start with. Trying anything too complicated when you are trying to find a new routine with a baby will be difficult so if you can just do a few basic things you will be better off. You can always improve and add in more things as you able to cope with them. You could do more strenuous exercise, for example, plan a healthier diet or try more stress coping mechanisms. However, you will not have a lot of time, so you need to take things step by step so that you can cope with what you are doing.